May 29, 2019
NGPF Fellows, Case Study, Featured Teachers
The following blog post comes courtesy of Derek D’Angelo, president of the Michigan Council on Economic Education and 2018 NGPF Fellow
Each spring, teams from all over the country gather in more than 20 states to compete in a Personal Finance Challenge competition. Competition styles vary from state to state, but in Michigan we mirror the format of the national championship held in Nebraska. Each student team is given a hypothetical family scenario and then creates a meaningful...
May 20, 2019
NGPF Fellows, Featured Teachers, Tips for Teachers
The following blog post comes courtesy of NGPF Fellow, Joy Tavano, of North Kingstown Senior High School in North Kingstown, Rhode Island.
This year marks my 20th year teaching business and technology. Yes - I am forever learning about my content - things have changed quite a bit in the financial literacy world and technology is constantly changing - but my other focus is ALWAYS on improving my classroom management. Without that, the subject and skills I am teaching just will not make it...
May 08, 2019
Summer Institute, Featured Teachers
Next Gen Personal Finance is pleased to announce its 2019 class of NGPF Summer Institute Fellows. The Institute brings together a passionate and talented group of educators who will create new activities, curate resources, collaborate and deepen their content expertise in selected topics — and have a lot of FUN in the process!
Once again, we received an overwhelming number of applications for the Summer Institute, highlighting the hunger for quality professional development...
Nov 08, 2018
NGPF Fellows, Featured Teachers, Tips for Teachers, Quizzes
Teachers who attend our Summer Institute in Palo Alto become NGPF Fellows the following school year -- this Fellowship includes presenting with us at PD sessions, offering NGPF feedback on products, writing guest blog posts, ... the list goes on. Today features a Tech Tool Review from Jacqueline Prester of Mansfield High School in Mansfield MA. Here's what Jacqueline has to say...
Tech Tool: Kahoot's spreadsheet integration with Google Forms
Students love to play Kahoot...
Sep 04, 2018
Contest Current, Featured Teachers, Professional Development, Schools In News
NGPF is excited to announce the following NGPF Scholarship recipients who will attend the Jump$tart National Educator Conference in Cleveland, OH on November 3-5, 2018. Many will also be attending an NGPF FinCamp to be held prior to the conference on November 3rd. We were impressed with the number of high-quality applicants and found it challenging to select the following recipients from over 250 applications!
Aaron Shaffner, East High School (Denver, CO)
May 09, 2018
Schools In News, Teaching Strategies, Lesson Idea, Financial Literacy, Featured Teachers, Entrepreneurship, This Week In Financial Literacy
South Bay students give younger classmates a dose of entrepreneurship (The Mercury News)
Inside a classroom tucked into the first floor of the Cupertino Library, presenters last Saturday discussed a range of business topics including the finer points of writing a business plan and the importance of diversity in a corporate team. As they did so, an audience of about 30 sat in earnest attention, trying to take it all in.
Area schools using creative approaches to teach personal finance to...
Apr 26, 2018
Schools In News, Activities, Featured Teachers, Behavioral Finance
Virginia announces 2018 Governor’s Challenge Champions in Economics and Personal Finance (Augusta Free Press)
Congrats to educators in the NGPF Community, Jason Bartholomew of Nansemond River High School and Patricia Adams of Glen Allen High School, whose students starred in this competition.
100 BEST W!SE HIGH SCHOOLS TEACHING PERSONAL FINANCE (w!se)
In 2013, W!se celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Financial Literacy Certification program and created the first...
Apr 16, 2018
Summer Institute, Financial Literacy, Featured Teachers
Adam Cole, Needham High School (Needham, MA)
Adam Cole is a dedicated educator who is passionate about preparing his students for life after high school. After 8 years of teaching solely math, he added both personal finance and computer science to his schedule. By connecting with local businesses and experts to make the material more engaging and meaningful, enrollment has doubled over the last 5 years. In addition to teaching, he coaches both the Boys...
Mar 14, 2018
Schools In News, Featured Teachers, Financial Literacy, Career, Current Events, Cryptocurrencies, Teaching Strategies
State legislatures seem to be taking up the issue of financial education en masse as bills are being proposed in several states, hopeful signs, yes, but we know that it's when it becomes a law that it matters.
Kentucky State Treasurer Thinks Personal Finance Should Be Graduation Requirement (Courier Journal) as a bill moves through the legislature there:
I believe students across our commonwealth need access to financial literacy lessons like Luci has had. That is why I am supporting HB...
Dec 20, 2017
Schools In News, Audio Resource, Activity, Current Events, Featured Teachers, Financial Literacy, Professional Development, This Week In Financial Literacy
Grading U.S. states on teaching financial literacy: Some earn A’s, while others flunk (The Washington Post)
The third report card of the Center for Financial Literacy at Champlain College highlights the mixed record around the country — including in the D.C. region, where the District earned an F, while Virginia aced it and Maryland received a B. (See all grades below.) The grades are only a slight improvement from those given in 2015, when 24 percent of states and the...
Dec 06, 2017
Schools In News, Career, Budgeting, Entrepreneurship, Employment, Financial Literacy, Featured Teachers, Teaching Strategies
Financial literacy course added to Arkansas graduation requirements (News Channel 3)
Arkansas students won’t be able to graduate from high school without some understanding of financial planning, taxes and household budgeting. A new law approved by lawmakers this year mandates that students receive instruction on a range of standards related to financial literacy, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported. The law, dubbed the Personal Finance and Job Readiness Act, will...
Oct 30, 2017
Featured Teachers, Contest Previous, Professional Development, Front Page Spotlight, Schools In News
NGPF is excited to introduce the following recipients of the NGPF Scholarship to the Jump$tart National Educator Conference, 2017!
Adrienne Deakins, William Penn High School (New Castle, DE)Adrienne teaches Economics/Personal Finance and AP Economics at William Penn High School in New Castle, DE.
Amy McCutchen, Holmen High School (Holmen, WI)Amy McCutchen has been a teacher at Holmen High School in Holmen, Wisconsin since 2007. She teaches business classes...
Oct 25, 2017
Schools In News, Featured Teachers, Lesson Idea, Financial Literacy
Mt. Ararat educator honored for teaching financial literacy (The Times Record)
Jeanne Billings of Mt. Ararat High School is the 2017-18 recipient of the Financial Educator of the Year Award by the Maine Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy. Billings teaches the Independent Living Class at Mt. Ararat High School, where she incorporates technology, personal examples, community organizations and practical assignments, according to the coalition.
Highlands teacher named...
Oct 10, 2017
NGPF Fellows, Teaching Strategies, Lesson Idea, Featured Teachers, Behavioral Finance, Advocacy, Activities
A blog post from NGPF Fellow, Kerri Herrild:
There are many reasons why I would not enjoy teaching elementary students. One is that I like it when students can blow their own noses, tie their own shoes and zip their own coats. Another reason is that I don’t have to worry about sending home cutesy newsletters and calendars peppered with ClipArt to parents. By the time students reach the high school, let’s be honest, we don’t communicate with parents very...
Oct 06, 2017
Employment, NGPF Fellows, Behavioral Finance, Featured Teachers, Tips for Teachers, Teaching Strategies
Credit to NGPF Fellow, Barbara O'Neill for the following post:
According to research by Sarah Newcomb, a behavioral economist at Morningstar, people who focus on the future and feel that they create their own financial destiny tend to save more than others for retirement and other financial goals. When people focus on the future, they tend to be less impulsive (e.g., spending habits), regardless of their level of financial literacy. In other words, time orientation is a key factor in financial...